South England

Whitsuntide 2009 we again spent two weeks in England, this time in the Southern part. The first week we stayed in Hampshire, close to the New Forest. The second week we made it down to Cornwall. Great what accommodations you find in the internet!

Also this time we decided to go by “fly and drive”. Aer Lingus offered the low priced connection from Munich to London. There we took over our rental car. You should not underestimate the distance from London to the Southwest! Especially on the way back from Cornwall to the airport in London you should always plan with enough time. The farer you come to the West, the less roads you find to choose from.

Cottage The Bothy

For the first week we booked a cottage named „The Bothy“ near Alderholt. It belongs to the former parsonage and had been used as a barn. It was remodelled to a really elegant holiday residence for two. A lot of oak wook combined with modern though cosy furniture. The fireplace is not in use anymore – does not matter, it can become quite warm in England, too. We felt downright well in “The Bothy”, also because we had a very friendly landlady.

Appartment Acton Castle

As I already mentioned: It takes hours to finally arrive in Cornwall, even when there are no obstacles on the road. Unfortunately the day we were going there they had partially blocked the A30 and we were forced to make a detour via smaller roads along the northern coast. To avoid the tailback from Penzance we decided to leave the main route just shortly behind Hayle and try to fight us through towards Marazion. Big mistake. A maze of smallest roads between high hedges, no sight, no plan – freaky!

Well, finally we by chance found the long, nearly overgrown access road to our next accommodation, Acton Castle near Rosudgeon. For a change not a cottage this time but an apartment in an old manor of the 18th century, of course modernized to an up to date standard.  Acton Castle is situated at Mount’s Bay, vis-à-vis to Penzance. Breakfast with view to St. Michael’s Mount, this is not an every day experience!



Compton Acres


Jurassic Coast and New Forest


To the far South, to the far West

Bird's Park

Southwest Coast Path

Trips into history